HYPERBOREA: Beasts and Cannibals

by Jeffrey Talanian

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      Nicolò Mencaraglia on February 7

      It would be nice if you are going to introduce something for EU-players and the core manual as an addon. The shipping costs to Europe are incredibly high.

    2. Dillard Rape on February 6

      Bring it on!!!

    3. Morgan Hazel on January 31

      I like the Video! Go live young man!!!

    4. Douglas Bailey on January 21

      …and now I'm ear-wormed with Shriekback's "Nemesis". Thanks!

      I'm waiting with bated breath for this to go live.

    5. John Brooks on January 19

      Cannot wait for this! Did amazing work with the 2nd edition of Hyperborea, will gladly back this as well.

    6. Jeffrey Talanian 4-time creator on January 15

      Thomas, it will probably be possible, but depending on where in the world you live, it can have a big impact on shipping. For international customers, when the package exceeds 4 lbs., we must use Priority Mail International shipping, which is substantially more costly than First Class International (under 4 lbs.).

    7. Thomas Vanstraelen on January 10

      Will it be possible to get the core book as an add-on ?

    8. Dra8er on January 9

      IN! Everything in print...

      Excited!

    9. Jeffrey Talanian 4-time creator on January 9

      Fellows,

      This is a preview of the upcoming Kickstarter, which may not launch until early March. So, with that said, expect to see some or all of the following in the coming months:

      - Additional descriptions about the adventures
      - More art shown
      - Some maps shown
      - More pledge levels added
      - Some pledge levels taken away
      - Prices adjusted
      - Stretch goals adjusted
      - Add-ons adjusted

      Again, this is not intended to represent what the project is going to look like at launch time, because it is a work-in-progress. Thank you for your understanding, and please excuse me if I don't address any requests or feedback specifically at this time.

      All the best,
      Jeff T.

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      John Potts on January 9

      I'll definitely be backing at least for the pdfs.

      I would elaborate on what the adventures are about the art is great but other than implying the themes from the art, I have no idea what's involved in either of the adventures.

      Add-ons: I would definitely add hard-copies (and possible pdfs) of the previous adventures as add-ons. Newcomers are more likely to get them here as an impulse than go to the North Wind Adventures website and place a separate order.

      Additional Stretch Goal: I realize you say you want to keep the stretch goals modest, but if you added a separate anthology adventure book with new art containing Charnel Crypt of the Sightless Serpent, Rats in the Walls, and Taken from Dunwich as an unlockable add-on, I would definitely get it.

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      Del Teigeler on January 9

      Super excited. And i have only seen the new monsters for one module!

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      Chris on January 9

      I only need to know what day this opens I will be there.

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      Luke Vafiades on January 9

      Count me in for this Kickstarter. I'd love a synopsis of each adventure.

    14. Grand DM on January 9

      Looks good. I'm interested in learning more about The Anthropophagi of Xambaala.

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From North Wind Adventures, creators of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™, come two new, exciting adventure modules for the AS&SH™ game: The Anthropophagi of Xambaala™ and The Beasts of Kraggoth Manor™.

THE ANTHROPOPHAGI OF XAMBAALA

The Anthropophagi of Xambaala, by Corey R. Walden, is an adventure in HYPERBOREA designed for from four to six characters of 1st through 3rd level.

AS&SH art by Val Semeiks and Daisey Bingham
AS&SH art by Val Semeiks and Daisey Bingham


Visitors to the desert city of Xambaala, beware! When the city slumbers, dæmoniacal cachinnations roll in from its outskirts, and dull totemic drumbeats rumble in the surrounding waste. Vile shrieks and noises out of nightmares bring shudders to the spines of even those who fancy themselves heroes, and when the eventide bell tolls residents locking themselves behind stout walls—for something sinister moves during the dead time. But the people of Xambaala do not speak of the hellish noises that haunt their city; only furtive whispers hint that those who trust in the safety of the inn of Aramis D’Athak oft disappear, vanishing into the unknown. And the sounds outside the city walls grow louder . . .

THE BEASTS OF KRAGGOTH MANOR

The Beasts of Kraggoth Manor, by Tim Callahan, is an adventure in HYPERBOREA designed for from four to six characters of 3rd through 5th level.

AS&SH art by Johnathan Bingham and Daisey Bingham
AS&SH art by Johnathan Bingham and Daisey Bingham


Your party have travelled northeast from the great city of Khromarium, through the unforgiving expanse known as the Lug Wasteland. You undoubtedly seek greater riches in the north: ruined tombs secreting ancient artefacts, deep caves filled with long-lost Atlantean technology, or strange villages built atop sacred Hyperborean burial grounds that brim with pre–Green Death treasures. Finally, after having emerged from the treacherous bogs, you set up camp on a craggy outcropping that provides dry land and a modicum of protection from the crawling unknowns. Straightaway your attention is drawn by a nearby light source, a fire not more than 100 yards away. Through the cacophony of croaking frogs, buzzing insects, and hissing slimy things, a shriek of pain knifes through the air. 

AS&SH art by Del Teigeler
AS&SH art by Del Teigeler

STRETCH GOALS

We have come up with some modest stretch goals for this Kickstarter campaign. More may be added while the project is live.

$12,000 = Inside Cover Maps. Printing on the inside covers is a traditional and well-received component of classic RPG adventure modules.

$15,000 = Additional Art. We will commission additional pieces of interior art to further improve the visual component of each adventure module.

$18,000 = Bookmarks. Every print customer receives a free 2 x 6-inch card stock bookmark inserted in each module purchased. These bookmarks will feature the cover art seen above.

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter project faces potential setbacks that can slow or even halt production. To mitigate the possibility of setbacks, I've taken several steps to ensure a positive outcome: The writing, cover art, cover design are complete. Interior art and maps are underway, and editing is underway. Once this Kickstarter funds, we will have layout, printing, and fulfillment to manage.

Stretch goals are another concern. Of course, the idea is to create stretch goals that provide incentive for additional funding, but it is easy to fall into the trap of dreaming up stretch goals that are difficult, costly, and/or time-consuming to produce. To this end, I've come up with modest, reasonable stretch goals.

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